The debate continues to rage. I tried to lay it down real clear in the “Lottery Dream or Nightmare?” post, but judging from a similar-type post over at the Knicks Blog and the comments left for Tommy Dee, this debate will continue.
Look, both Isiah Thomas and Scott Layden, perhaps taking their cues from James Dolan, believed that you can’t rebuild in New York. Look where that has gotten the Knicks. Every team goes through cycles, up and down. The Knicks are in an extended down cycle because of their foolish tendency to take on long term contracts for marginal talent, whether its Travis Knight, Shandon Anderson, Howard Eisley, Keith Van Horn, Tim Thomas (first time), Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford, Jarred Jeffries, or even Zach Randolph (I’m not including Q-Rich in here because we also got Nate as part of that trade, though Nate might not even be on the squad by the time it is ready to really compete again).
Now Donnie Walsh is trying to clear those salaries away so that the Knicks can land someone, or three people (notice I didn’t write LeBron), who deserve the stage at the World’s Most Famous Arena, and a case of short-sightedness spreads like the flu.
I know some people don’t want to listen, but you have to stay patient, and as Tommy Dee says, stay positive. Just remember, the Knicks implemented a similar plan before with great success. Does anybody remember the Willie Anderson Knicks?
New rule proposal: Anyone who bashes Walsh because of the current state of the Knicks, which is a byproduct of a long range plan, forfeits their right to root for the team in 2010 (unless the Knicks stink then too, in which case they can say they told us so).